Shower Re-Tile

I bring you the next phase of the bathroom makeover.

On last time’s episode we talked about the ugly spoiled milk colored vanity.

Today we have bigger fish to fry.  Broken tiles in the showpow.

Broken Tile


Let’s take a step back.  The tile in the shower was in really rough shape.  There were a few cracked tiles allowing water to sneak through.

Dated Bathroom gets mini makeover


There was also a deck which was not sloped properly.  The water would pool and not run off like it should.  The tiles were attached to a soggy moldy piece of rotting drywall.  It was so bad I won’t post the pictures of what was under the tile.  I’ll tell you it was horrific.  Rated R.  And we’ll leave it at that.

Tile Removal


Within an hour of getting home from our Easter campout in our stunning Myrtle, we were tearing down tile and wall paper.  Bathroom make overs are serious business.

Dated Bathroom gets mini makeover

This happy wallpaper makes me think of a better time.  It makes me wish I was with Michelle from Decor and the Dog in Hawaii over Easter.  It was pretty hard to take down such a lovely design element… But you know… I can do hard things, so…


Dated Bathroom gets mini makeover


The backer board got a new coat of waterproofing.

Dated Bathroom gets mini makeover


We found a great deal on tile at Home Depot for $1 a square foot.  The entire shower ended up being 60 square feet.  Instead of doing the deck piece with tile, we decided to have a custom cultured marble (marble dust and resin) piece made.

Even though the tiles were square and not rectangle, we decided to lay them in the same pattern as the subway tile to help tie the kitchen and the bathroom together.

Dated Bathroom gets mini makeover


The deck piece was a major improvement over the nasty broken moldy tiles.

Dated Bathroom gets mini makeover


I love the larger brick pattern of tile.  It looks like a dream.

Dated Bathroom gets mini makeover


And suddenly, the light fixture was looking reallllllllly bad.

Dated Bathroom gets mini makeover


Next time!

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  • Cassie Bustamante

    WOW! such an improvement!!!! i am impressed. our bathroom is TERRIBLE. you are inspiring!

    • Kenz

      Thanks Cassie! Our bathroom was pretty terrible, so I know the feeling. Whenever people would come over, I would feel so embarrassed when they would use it. I was always making apologies for it.

  • wow, you amaze me all the time! I would NOT have known what to do with that mess that is your former bathtub, how yucky! I’m sure all these awesome upgrades are making your house look REALLY appetizing on the market!

    • Kenz

      It really was so messy. Yuck! And don’t be amazed. I’m just a regular old person 🙂

  • Stephanie, Sandpaper and Glue

    love the brick pattern! I’m excited to learn about your lights… I have one that looks like that in my half bath that I need to replace.

    • Kenz

      Hopefully the post doesn’t disappoint!

  • Your idea to replace the deck piece with a custom cultured marble piece is so smart! I also have a bath tub deck that is problematic … about 3 foot deep (you read that correctly) and just a pain to keep the tile grout clean … will seriously explore if your idea could work in my bath. Thanks!

    • Kenz

      Wow three feet! That is a pretty insane deck! I would definitely contact a tile guy and see what you can do about a piece of cultured marble. It has made a huge difference already. We don’t get that nasty mildewy smell from sitting water. It looks cleaner. It’s just overall better. Good look!

  • Amber @ Wills Casa

    Such an improvement! I feel like I blink and you do crazy things like retile a shower, paint Mrytle, etc.

    • Kenz

      Bahaha oh please. More like you blink, and I’m just crazy. It only seems like I am on a roll with projects. If you recall, I haven’t really posted on the blog for weeks.

  • Ember1

    For things like the tiles–Have you explored the Restore on 13th south and 5th west? For interesting odds and ends (and often good deals for stuff like enough tiles for small projects) they are great.

    • Kenz

      Oh my goodness I love the Restore! It’s like the DI for building supplies. I have bought a few light fixtures there before. Good stuff indeed.

  • Jesse

    Came out great! Can’t wait to see what light you come up with.

    • Kenz

      Thanks Jesse! Seeing you give your bathroom a makeover definitely inspired me to finally get working on mine.

  • Julia @cuckoo4design

    I love the larger tile too. Unexpected and so pretty.

    • Kenz

      Thanks Julia! I like it too! It’s a very clean look.

  • Shalynn Hansen

    Gorgeous! “If you give a mouse a cookie.” Comes to mind! Haha! You’re amazing! Love you Kenz Face! Text me! I want to come visit you and Ev!

    • Kenz

      Never a truer statement has been made. “If you give a Kenz a paint brush…” the shower will end up with new tile? haha. My life. yikes. I will text you! Love you a billion.

  • JaneEllen

    An hour after you got home? What do you do to get your hubs to tackle things? Mine would sit in his chair and ignore me, no matter what I’d do. I’d be in bathroom taking tiles down and whatever else needed doing. Of course my hubs is 72, yours is alot younger but still….. Love how new tile looks, expands the whole tub area. Enjoy your new bathroom. How do you get things done with a baby, does she take long naps? Happy weekend

    • Kenz

      Well, I don’t really have a secret to get the mister to do projects. To be honest, I do a lot of it myself while he is at work. I’m the one taking pictures, so you never get to see me doing work 🙂 We started this so soon because we had a deadline we were working towards (more on that later…) And at 72, I HOPE we aren’t trying to retile a shower!! I want to relax when I’m 72. Evelyn doesn’t always sleep during projects, but the noise doesn’t seem to bother her. I think it’s because of all the power tools I used while I was pregnant. She was used to the noise. She is very calm and mild. Also, these aren’t the types of projects we just knock out in a day. Blogs can be misleading, because it shows up in one big post. But what it really is is a several days, and sometimes weeks, of working on it here a little and there a little.
      Happy weekend to you too my friend!

  • thediynurse

    You guys are insane! It looks great 🙂

    • Kenz

      Insane only scratches the surface. Thanks!

  • wow–that’s a pretty big improvement! love the way you laid out the tile. great job!

    • Kenz

      Thanks Gretchen! I’m definitely a fan of the brick pattern.

  • I REALLY like the larger tile. A lot. A lot.

    • Kenz

      Thanks! I like it too. I was afraid it was going to look like “floor on the wall” but it didn’t. So, that’s good.

  • I LOVE that you put the tile up in the brick pattern even though they were square. I have a bathroom floor like that – not on the blog yet. I love how it updates the look and makes it interesting. Love your marble slab there too 🙂 Looks fab!!

    • Kenz

      Thanks Katja!

  • I really like the big tile! This looks great. You two are monsters! In a good way. Good reno monsters.

    • Kenz

      I know what my next halloween costume will be.